All is never said: the narrative of Odette Harper Hines by Judith Rollins

By Judith Rollins

With intelligence, perception, and humor, Odette Harper Hines describes her existence a existence that reversed the development of the nice Migration through starting in prosperity within the city North and entering into the small-town South. Recorded through Judith Rollins over 8 years, this intimate narrative is an strange collaboration among African American ladies who signify generations of civil rights activists. Born in big apple right into a cozy family members, Hines' activism all started within the Abyssinian Baptist Church in her kids and endured all through her lifestyles as she witnessed the good melancholy in Harlem, labored at the WPA Writers venture, turned exposure director of the NAACP, and volunteered for the purple pass in Europe in the course of WWII. while she moved to Louisiana in 1946, she endured to problem racial injustice and risked her lifestyles to deal with civil rights employees within the early Sixties (Rollins, between them). She later begun and directed the Headstart application in her parish. all through this narrative, Hines describes her relationships with such figures as Mary McLeod Bethune, Adam Clayton Powell, Walter White, Thurgood Marshall, Ella Baker, Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, Ralph Ellison, and so forth. but Hines' memoir isn't just approximately her public lifestyles. She courageously finds her own lifestyles and personal ache. Twenty-eight photos in general from Hines' kin album accuentuate this oral background that's, as Rollins states in her creation, 'a complicated and textured portrait of a unprecedented 20th century American woman.' writer word: Judith Rollins is affiliate Professor of Africana reports and Sociology at Wellesley collage, and the writer of "Between ladies: Domestics and Their Employers" (Temple).

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146 Chapter IX The Fifties: "What Color Is Cotton? " 228 Notes 249 Index 257 Page ix Preface I first saw odette hines in the late summer of 1964 as she walked excitedly from the back of her house in Alexandria, Louisiana, to greet us as we parked our car in her driveway. Clearly happy to see usfour young civil rights workers who had just driven the approximately two hours from the state office of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in Plaquemineshe welcomed us eagerly and invited us in.

He'd travel back and forth with his own horse and buggy. Great-grandpa and Great-grandma had married in New Page 3 York but both had come separately from the same plantation in Goochland County, Virginia. He was the youngest of nine children of a white Virginia planter and an African woman this planter had bought in Baton Rouge and later married. Another one of their children, Henry, was one of the carpenters on the house. And a third was Big Aunt Jane, who was a widow and lived with us. Their white father's name was Edwin Durock Turpin.

Hines and we recorded fifteen more hours of material. Those additions and modifications were integrated into the manuscript and the second draft was sent to her in August 1993, with encouragement to review it carefully. Clearly, she did. , in December of 1993 to discuss the final revisions, she requested a number of changes related to ethical and personal considerations: some names and incidents were deleted to avoid hurting people; some were deleted to protect her from the repercussions she thought possible in the still conservative and violent central Louisiana environment in which she lives; and some events that happened to her after our initial interviewing were added.

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